Paul Michael Gancarz

This article is a collaboration with Antifa Seven Hills.

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Meet Paul Gancarz, Patriot Front Network Director for Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, and Delaware. Paul attended Unite the Right in Charlottesville as a Proud Boy; was involved in scrawling swastika graffiti in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; and was a previous Network Director for New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Among other things…

  • DOB: September 2, 1989
  • Height: 6 feet, Weight: 250lbs, Eye Color: Blue, Hair: Red
  • Patriot Front Network Director, former Proud Boy
  • AKA “Samuel” AKA “Ganz” AKA “DeltaGanz”
  • Lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, but is originally from NYC and returns often.
  • Drives a 2020 Chevy SUV, VKX 5434 (VA); 2018 Honda Accord HXZ 7766 (NY)

[Editor’s Note: As confirmed by a journalist on February 16, 2022, Paul no longer works as a Professional Engineer for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project in Virginia.]

Summary

Paul Michael Gancarz is a fascist and Patriot Front’s Network Director for the region covering Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, and Delaware. He currently lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, but is originally from New York City where he has strong ties to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and Forest Hills, Queens. As a member of Patriot Front, Gancarz is very active in the group’s propaganda campaigns in both New York and Virginia where he is responsible for much of the Patriot Front stickers, posters, and stencils reported in these areas. In his role as a Patriot Front Network Director, Paul would have been directly involved or consulted on high-profile vandalism in his network, such as the defacement of the Arthur Ashe mural in Richmond, Virginia. As the host for Patriot Front marches in Washington DC on January 29th, 2021 and more recently on December 4th, 2021, he would have had a large role in the organizing and staging of these fascist spectacles (and any U-haul mishaps that may have occurred).

Paul Gancarz’s involvement in Far Right politics also goes well beyond Patriot Front. On August 12, 2017 he attended the deadly white nationalist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia as a Proud Boy and has maintained strong connections to the group over the years. In December 2019, Paul and Proud Boy member Simon Ming Yui Lee (AKA Simon “Lee Greenwood”) scrawled swastikas outside of a Greenpoint, Brooklyn restaurant. Gancarz also helps distribute a variety of fascist and far right propaganda, notably those for white nationalist Robert Rundo’s groups, Rise Above Movement and Will2Rise. His work as an engineer provides him the opportunity to travel around the United States, network with different fascists, and spread fascist/white nationalist propaganda and ideas. He currently works for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Virginia area.

THIS IS NETWORK DIRECTOR SAMUEL VIRGINIA

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Paul Michael Gancarz was connected to Patriot Front after receiving a tip that linked a black Honda Accord to his Patriot Front alter-ego, Samuel. During the course of the investigation into the owner of that vehicle, it was discovered that Paul was also deeply connected to the Proud Boys and attended the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as a Proud Boy. Paul Gancarz is now being exposed as a Network Director in the Patriot Front organization and one of the original members of the Proud Boys.

Paul was born on September 2nd and is 33 years old. He is from New York City and the license plate information along with various public records confirms that he owns an apartment in Forest Hills, Queens. Public records also connect Gancarz to his mom’s apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Paul frequently uses his mother’s address for official purposes, such as when he got himself arrested or when he donated to Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign in 2016 (and 2018!)

Address

Public records searches confirmed the Forest Hills, Queens address for Paul Gancarz that was associated with the NY license plate for his black Honda Accord seen at a Patriot Front meetup.

 

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Paul Gancarz made donations to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee in 2016 and 2018. The listings helpfully corroborate his address in Greenpoint, Brooklyn as well as several of his former employers.

Although Paul is originally from NYC, monitoring connected him to an address in Virginia. After obtaining a copy of a traffic summons that he received in March 2021, the Virginia address was confirmed and he is currently living in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The speeding ticket also updated what was known about the vehicles Paul drives. In addition to the black Honda Accord, it now appears he drives a 2020 Chevy SUV that has Virginia plates. The Virginia speeding ticket matches the date-of-birth associated with the NY license plate as well as the Virginia arrest record. It also helpfully provides pedigree info–Paul is 6 feet tall, weighs 250 pounds, and he has blue eyes and red hair. Despite this move to Virginia Beach, Paul still comes back to NYC to visit family, as is documented on his mom’s Facebook page.

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Paul Gancarz’s March 2021 speeding ticket confirmed his address in Virginia Beach, Virginia and indicates he now drives a 2020 Chevy SUV. The ticket confirms the date of birth found on the Virginia arrest record and from the NY license plate.

 

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Paul Gancarz didn’t spend Thanksgiving in Virginia in 2021. Instead he went home to Greenpoint, Brooklyn to visit with family. Hi Paulie! 👋

Proud Boys

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Paul Gancarz as a Proud Boy at Unite the Right in Charlottesville 2017 and Proud Boy meet-ups in 2018 and 2017. Photo on the right is given for comparison.

The NYC Proud Boys formed sometime in mid-2016 and Paul Gancarz was involved with the group since at least the fall of 2016. Paul was recognized as a NYC Proud Boy after comparing photos on his mother’s Facebook page to those from various Proud Boy meet-ups. He maintains ties with members and former members, especially Proud Boys who are outright fascists or in the language of 2017, ‘alt-right.’

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On Venmo, Paul Gancarz went by “Paul Ganz” (@deltaganz) and his transaction history shows that he was involved in the Proud Boys since at least November 2016. In this transaction he paid Salvatore Cipolla, an original Proud Boy (and now straight up Nazi), money for a Proud Boy meet-up in NYC.

 

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Paul Gancarz is seen at a Proud Boy meet up in 2017. His appearance and blue tinted glasses match a photo of him found on Facebook.

The core tenets of the Proud Boys are so-called ‘western chauvinism’ (a nasty admixture of ultranationalism and opposition to multiculturalism), toxic masculinity, and extreme violence. The first Proud Boys chapter in NYC would read out loud from (dead) Far Right bigot, Pat Buchannan’s, book, Death of the West, which is essentially a precursor to the white supremacist conspiracy theory of ‘The Great Replacement.’ The short version of this conspiracy theory is encapsulated in the “You will not replace us!” chant from white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

Proud Boy violence has been a part of the group since the beginning, and Proud Boys have been involved in numerous violent assaults around the United States. In NYC, the most serious instance occurred in October 2018, when dozens of Proud Boys brutally assaulted several antifascist counter-protesters after watching Proud Boy leader Gavin McInnes reenact the execution of a Japanese socialist at the Metropolitan Republican Club. 

Venmo data provided the aliases Paul has used with the Proud Boys. He went by “Paul Ganz” (@deltaganz) on Venmo and the earliest transaction on record shows him paying then-Proud Boy and current Nazi Salvatore Cipolla for a NYC meet-up in November 2016. A 2018 payment request from Paul’s sister for mobile phone charges gave confirmation that “Paul Ganz” is Paul Gancarz. These 2018 Venmo transactions also show Paul liked to attend national Proud Boy gatherings such as those in Vegas and New Orleans. In one of these transactions, Paul signed a comment to Heath Hair, a Proud Boy “Elder” in Georgia, as “Delta Ganz.”  

Paul’s Venmo history shows that he collected money for NY Proud Boys after their October 2018 arrests for viciously assaulting people outside of the Metropolitan Republican Club. In one transaction, Paul sent money to Douglas Lennan, and in another, he sent money for John Kinsman, which was evidently being collected by Gavin McInnes. Paul has changed his account name several times (it is currently called “delta G”) and he has deleted his public transaction history.

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2018 Venmo transaction between Paul Gancarz (“Paul Ganz”) and his sister, whose last name is Gancarz. This recorded payment request is confirmation that “Paul Ganz” is Paul Gancarz.

 

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2018 Venmo transactions between Paul Gancarz (“Paul Ganz”) and other Proud Boys for a Vegas Proud Boy meet-up in September 2018.

 

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2018 Venmo transactions between Paul Gancarz (“Paul Ganz”) and other Proud Boys for a Vegas Proud Boy meet-up in September 2018.

 

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October 2018 Venmo transactions between Paul Gancarz (“Paul Ganz”) and other Proud Boys for “Big Jay” (John Kinsman), seen sieg heiling in the photo, and “Doug” (Doug Lennan), attacking someone on the ground. Both were arrested for assaulting counter-protestors outside the Metropolitan Club one week earlier.

After finding Paul’s alias, “Delta Ganz,” on Venmo, it popped up many more times. On Facebook, it appeared in a scrape of individuals “interested” in attending the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. The Proud Boys are implicated in the violence and death that occured in Charlottesville that day. In the run-up to the deadly rally, Proud Boys released an “official” statement in late June 2017 that said, “if a [Proud Boys] chapter or an individual Proud Boy feels compelled to go, we encourage him to do so.” The Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK), the so-called “military wing” of the Proud Boys, announced they would attend Unite the Right and one of the FOAK’s leaders, Augustus Invictus, was a listed rally speaker. Proud Boy/FOAK associate Alex Ramos received a six year prison sentence for his part in the brutal beating of Deandre Harris. Proud Boy Jason Kessler was the main organizer of the rally that ended in the murder of Heather Heyer. Many other Proud Boy and FOAK members attended. Paul Gancarz was one of them. He was found in the crowd of fascists leaving Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on August 12th. Paul is wearing a black and yellow Fred Perry (that has become unfortunately associated with the Proud Boys), red-tinted ski goggles, MAGA hat, and what appear to be fighting gloves.

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Paul Gancarz at Unite the Right in Charlottesville on August 12th, 2017. At the time of the video, Paul was leaving Emancipation Park. He wears a typical Proud Boy uniform – black and yellow polo, ski goggles, black MAGA hat, and what appear to be fighting gloves.

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Paul Gancarz (“Delta Ganz”) indicated that he was “Interested” in attending Unite the Right on the Facebook event listing. His Facebook account, delta.ganz.3, was later suspended or deleted.

Further investigation into Paul Gancarz’s activities at Unite the Right revealed that in January 2018, two individuals filed assault charges against him for an incident that occured on August 12, 2017 in Greene County, which is just north of Charlottesville, Virginia. At least one of them is a Nazi. There is a Noah Thomas Gunter in his mid-20s living in Asheboro, North Carolina, with an email beginning in “ntg_3.” This email was used to register an account with the username, “gunter1488,” which is a plain reference to the Nazi code “1488.” This string of numbers is the combination of the “14 Words,” a saying coined by David Lane, the leader of the ultraviolent, deadly white supremacist group, “The Order,” and “88” for “Heil Hitler” (H is the 8th letter of the alphabet). A photo of Noah posted on his Poshmark account (username “gunter1488”) matched with photos from his mother and girlfriend’s Facebook pages. Whatever happened in Greene County, Virginia on August 12, 2017 is unclear, although fascist-on-fascist violence is indicated. The assault charges filed against Paul Gancarz were later dropped by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

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Arrest record for Paul Gancarz found in the Virginia Judiciary Online Case Information System. Noah Thomas Gunter filed charges on January 1, 2018 in Greene County, just north of Charlottesville, for an assault that occurred on August 12, 2017, the day of the Unite the Right rally.

 

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Dehashed listing for an email associated with Noah Thomas Gunter beginning in “ntg_3.” This email was used to register an account with the username, “gunter1488,” and 1488 is a clear Nazi reference.

 

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A Poshmark account with the username “gunter1488” lists the first name as “Noah”. The profile picture matches photos for Noah Thomas Gunter on Facebook.

After Unite the Right, Gavin McInnes tried to distance the Proud Boys from the political fallout of the car attack and other violence in Charlottesville. Proud Boy members who attended the rally, like Paul Gancarz, were allegedly expelled from the official group: a cynical gesture by McInnes to keep up the pretense that the group was just a ‘men’s drinking club.’ Proud Boys and their associates continued to engage in violence around the United States immediately after Unite the Right. Vicious attacks by Proud Boys occurred throughout 2018, such as in Portland, Oregon on June 30, 2018, and of course, the brutal attack in NYC at the Metropolitan Republican Club later that year. The legal fallout of the October 2018 attack in NYC–with multiple Proud Boys facing years in prison–created an image problem for McInnes and he publicly made a big show of “quitting” the group (reader, he did not quit). In the power struggle that followed, Proud Boy Enrique Tarrio became president and since Tarrio himself attended Unite the Right as FOAK, Proud Boys like Paul Gancarz were no longer ‘officially’ disavowed.

Proud Boys were booted off of various mainstream social media platforms at the end of 2018, and the Telegram messaging app became an increasingly popular means of communicating for various Far Right groups, including Proud Boys. It was on Telegram that “Delta Ganz” made another appearance. On September 2, 2019, antifascist researcher Gwen Snyder noted that a Proud Boy called “Delta Ganz” was praising and defending Patriot Front in Enrique Tarrio’s channel, “Enrique’s house of propaganda” and the official Proud Boys channel, “RWCS–The Omega Pill.” The profile image for “Delta Ganz” was a blue eye overlayed with a Sonnenrad, or “black sun.” The Sonnenrad is widely used by Nazis, including by many fascists who attended Unite the Right, such as Patriot Front associate William Fears, who was involved in the attempted murder of counter-protesters at a Richard Spencer event in Gainesville, Florida. 

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Paul Gancarz (“Delta Ganz”) praises Patriot Front on the Proud Boy Telegram chat “Enrique’s House of Propaganda”. Originally posted by researcher Gwen Snyder on Twitter.

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Telegram profile photo for Paul Gancarz (“Delta Ganz”) includes a Sonnendad, a symbol used frequently by Nazis. Originally posted by researcher Gwen Snyder on Twitter.

In addition to defending and promoting Patriot Front in these 2019 screenshots, Paul Gancarz, as “Delta Ganz,” is openly bigoted, and he freely uses homophobic, racist, and ableist slurs. Paul likes to “joke” about the Holocaust and is extremely anti-semitic. In a verbal spat with another Proud Boy member, Paul says “CUAWF” (or “See You At West Fest”), which confirms that he was still attending national Proud Boy meetups known as “West Fest” in 2019/2020.

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Paul Gancarz (“Delta Ganz”) uses racial, homophobic and ableist slurs in the Proud Boys RWCS Telegram chat.  He also makes Holocaust “jokes” and is extremely anti-semitic. Originally posted by researcher Gwen Snyder on Twitter.

As a Proud Boy, Paul did not limit his overt use of fascist symbols and anti-semitism to Telegram channels. On December 22, 2019, Paul Gancarz (who has strong ties to Greenpoint, Brooklyn) and Simon Ming Yui Lee, a Proud Boy from Flushing, Queens, were seen on surveillance cameras putting up swastikas on the facade of the Acapulco Restaurant & Deli in Greenpoint.

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Paul Gancarz was seen with Proud Boy, Simon Lee, putting up swastikas on the facade of a Greenpoint, Brooklyn building in December 2019.

 

Patriot Front

Although Paul Gancarz attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as a Proud Boy, he rubbed elbows with other Far Right groups there, such as Vanguard America and the Rise Above Movement. As these fascist groups morphed into Patriot Front and Will2Rise, respectively, Paul kept close and maintained connections to both.

Patriot Front formed after splintering off and rebranding from Vanguard America (VA), which was one of the main organizers of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. VA was a defendant in the civil lawsuit, Sines v. Kessler, brought by survivors of Far Right violence at Unite the Right. The civil trial began in October 2021, and after several weeks the jury found VA, along with over two dozen other defendants, liable for their role in the horrific violence that day. Patriot Front’s leader, Thomas Rousseau, was at Unite the Right with VA, and was pictured with James Fields, the fascist who murdered Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others by driving his car into a crowd of antifascist protesters.

Paul was connected to his Patriot Front alias, Samuel, after a tip which linked that name to a black Honda Accord. This tip was corroborated by comparing propaganda images by Patriot Front with known pedigree information (6” tall, 250 lbs, blue eyes, red hair), known photos of Paul Gancarz, and messages from the 2020 Torch Antifa leaks of the Patriot Front chat server.

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Paul Gancarz, in khaki cargo pants, navy jacket, sunglasses, and Patriot Front cap, as “Samuel NY,” Network Director for NY, NJ, and PA. Other photos of Paul used in comparison.

 

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A photo of Paul Gancarz (“Samuel NY”) was posted (with face redacted) in the Patriot Front chat. He is wearing a Rise Above Movement cut-off tank-top. His build and style match photos of Paul Gancarz.

Based on the Torch leaks, Paul has belonged to Patriot Front since at least early 2019 and has been active in both Patriot Front and the Proud Boys for years. However, it is likely he joined Patriot Front before 2019. The Torch leaks indicate that Paul, as Samuel NY, acted as Network Director (ND) for New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania until October 2019, after which time Kieran Morris took over as ND for the area.

Because Paul moved to Virginia Beach, it was long suspected that he was involved in Patriot Front activism in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC area. Researchers confirmed that Paul Gancarz is NETWORK DIRECTOR SAMUEL VIRGINIA after an antifascist infiltrator leaked audio of him melting down during a Patriot Front group call. Samuel NY and Samuel VA have the same user number within Patriot Front: PF-3564. Paul’s appointment as ND of Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, and Virgina, also indicates some uncertainty about the status of the prior ND, Victor Staab, in the organization.

As a Network Director, Paul Gancarz manages the recruitment of members as well as their participation. He would oversee, coordinate, and collaborate in a variety of activist efforts by Patriot Front, and would be deeply involved in hosting the group’s leadership and members for larger actions in his network, such as the recent march to the US Capitol in December 2021. While the majority of the group’s so-called activism consists of littering an area with promotional stickers, Patriot Front also regularly engages in poster wheatpasting and dropping banners. Recently, however, members have begun using spray paint and stencils to deface murals across the country. In October 2021, Patriot Front defaced a mural in honor of legendary tennis player, Arthur Ashe, in Richmond, Virginia. In audio recently leaked by Atlanta Antifascists, Thomas Rousseau, the leader of Patriot Front, describes how members need to consult with Network Directors (or himself) before they deface high-profile murals or sites. Paul was likely the individual who gave the greenlight for mural defacement in Richmond, if it wasn’t his idea in the first place!

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In October 2021, a mural in honor of legendary tennis player, Arthur Ashe, in Richmond, Virginia was defaced with Patriot Front stencils.

Paul targets the areas around where he lives and works–regularly hitting areas in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Hampton, Virginia. In November and December 2021, Patriot Front released a number of photos of members wheatpasting posters and hanging banners in this cluster of towns. The figure in the Adidas track pants and Will2Rise hoodie is Paul Gancarz.

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Patriot Front social media posts from November and December 2021 show an individual wearing clothing consistent with Paul Gancarz: a Will2Rise hoodie and Adidas track pants.

On November 1st, the Will2Rise Active Club Telegram, “Activism, Athletics, and Identity,” posted a photo of an individual wearing the same Adidas track pants and and a discontinued W2R hoodie combination. The caption on the photo reads: “Supporter photo sent in right before he took first place in a jiu jitsu tournament.” Paul (who changed his name to read ‘Paul Goncorz’ on the tournament site) competed in the Virginia Beach BJJ Gi & Nogi Round Robin Tournament on October 30th and took first place in his weight class (-230 lbs). While Paul doesn’t always wear the sloganed hoodie when targeting the area where he lives and works with fascist propaganda, he often wears the Adidas track pants with a hoodie that has a similar fit.

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Paul Gancarz shown participating in various Patriot Front activities in Virginia.

When Paul was living in NYC, his Patriot Front activism was similar to what he is currently doing in Virginia–putting up stickers, hanging banners, and hosting Patriot Front leadership and members for larger actions. In spring of 2019, Patriot Front targeted the American Israel Public Affairs offices in NYC as part of its anti-semitic “debts of blood” campaign. Patriot Front followed the standard fascist playbook of polluting legitimate criticism of Israel or the role of lobbyists on government policy with typical anti-semitic rhetoric about “rootless mercenaries” corrupting the nation. Paul was the Network Director in NY during this time period, and he is seen walking ahead of the main group with Patriot Front leader, Thomas Rousseau, in video of the action.

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Paul Gancarz, center, with Rousseau, right, and other Patriot Front members outside American Israel Public Affairs office in NYC, Spring 2019.

While Paul was living in New York, he often bragged in the Patriot Front messaging server about how prolific he was in putting up propaganda, which he was actively involved in doing regardless of his title of Network Director. Much like his activity in Virginia, Paul’s activism in New York also clustered near where he lived. Other Patriot Front members in the chat noted that many of the banners he was bragging about hanging were done in NYC, and not other places upstate.

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Several internal messages from Paul Gancarz (“Samuel NY”) boasting of his banner drops. In the last one, a Patriot Front member comments on the fact that all of Paul’s activism is in the NYC area.

The Patriot Front messages leaked by Torch Antifa capture a period between March 2019 through June 2020, while Paul was also actively involved in the Proud Boys. Much like when he defended Patriot Front as Delta Ganz in various Proud Boy Telegram channels, he also defended the Proud Boys in the Patriot Front chat. In messages from April 2019, Paul pushes back against criticism the Proud Boys are “half-pilled” by characterizing the Proud Boys founder, Gavin McInnes, as both a “raging anti-semite” and “woke to the jq.” In the context of anti-semitism and fascists, ‘the jq’ stands for “the Jewish Question.” Gavin McInnes has recorded a video titled, “10 Things I Hate About Jews,” and in other videos has said, “​​I’m becoming anti-semitic.” Anti-semitism is a major reason for Paul’s involvement in both the Proud Boys and Patriot Front.

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Paul Gancarz promoted the Proud Boys in April 2019 messages to Patriot Front members. He describes the Proud Boys as “woke” and says Gavin McInnes is “woke to the [Jewish Question].”

Rise Above Movement, Will2Rise, MMA

Paul and many other Patriot Front members wear clothing and post stickers promoting the Rise Above Movement (RAM) and Will2Rise. RAM is a white nationalist gang infamous for assaults perpetrated by members at Unite the Right in Charlottesville as well as several California cities. The group was founded in Southern California by Queens, NY native, Robert Rundo, who is currently living in Serbia and is deeply involved in fascist movements throughout Eastern Europe. Although RAM is formally inactive, Rundo promotes his vision of “white nationalism 3.0” via Will2Rise and “Active Clubs.” Active Clubs combine fascist indoctrination, networking, martial arts, and propaganda posting into a lifestyle. Rundo’s vision converges with Patriot Front on many points, and his media arm (Media2Rise) promotes Patriot Front and is embedded within the group at actions.

In addition to wearing t-shirts and hoodies, Paul is very involved in supporting RAM and Will2Rise in other ways. In the Torch leaks, Paul is identified by another member as someone who “puts up more [RAM] stickers than the actual members.” In 2019, he also mentions writing letters to RAM members who were still in prison at that time. These RAM members were convicted in part for violently attacking people in Charlottesville at the Unite the Right rally in 2017. Paul was at the Unite the Right rally where these violent attacks took place.

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A Patriot Front member explaining that Paul Gancarz (“Samuel NY”) puts up lots of Rise Above Movement (RAM) stickers.

 

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Paul Gancarz (“Samuel NY”) bragging about writing letters to the Rise Above Movement (RAM) over Memorial Day weekend 2019.

Paul also takes the martial arts training elements of Will2Rise and Active Clubs seriously. As discussed earlier, Paul was identified in Patriot Front photos from the Virginia Beach area after his picture (wearing a Will2Rise hoodie) was shared on the Active Clubs Telegram channel and researchers traced him to a BJJ tournament in Virginia Beach. There is also overlap between RAM/Will2Rise and certain segments of the Proud Boys, or the remnants of that group that have taken “Western Chauvinism” into an explicitly white nationalist direction. Paul has been involved in Proud Boy MMA events, such as at Midwest Fest in 2020, and he also posts about training frequently in the Patriot Front member chat.

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Paul Gancarz attended an MMA event at the Proud Boys Midwest Fest January 2020 and also posts about MMA in the Patriot Front messaging server.

[Editor’s note: the following paragraph was edited on January 25th, 2022 to reflect the most recent information about Paul’s gym affiliations.]

Since Paul Gancarz moved to Virginia Beach, he enrolled with a local gym for Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which as of January 25th, 2022, has terminated his membership. Paul has also competed at Grappling Industries events under the banner of an unaffiliated gym several times, and he is currently registered for an upcoming tournament in April 2022. After this article came out, the unaffiliated gym has disavowed any knowledge of or support for Paul’s fascist activities. At the time of the original blog post, Paul had set his tournament profile to ‘Private’ and intentionally misspelled his last name in a feeble attempt to hide his identity, only further cementing his involvement in fascist movements.

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Employment

[Editor’s note: On January 26th, 2022 we received information that Paul is no longer a member of the American Society of Engineers. The original text has been amended to reflect that.]

[Editor’s Note: On February 16, 2022, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project in Virginia confirmed that Paul no longer works there. The original text has been amended to reflect that.]

Paul Gancarz is from New York City and graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College. His specialty is in industrial grouting and he has worked for all of the major engineering companies–such as Parsons Brinckerhoff, AECOM, Northeast USA @ Sovereign-Thyssen, and OHL (Judlau Construction). Although, Paul appeared as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and was even a member of its Grouting Technical Coordination Council, the organization has confirmed that Paul is no longer a member and hasn’t been for several years.

He was employed as a Professional Engineer on the I-64 Hampton Roads Connector Partners Joint Venture (HRCPJV) until his exposure as a fascist. The Virginia Department of Transportation awarded the contract for the largest construction project in Virginia history to the joint venture, which consists of Dragados USA, HDR, Mott MacDonald, Flatiron Constructors, Vinci Construction, and Dodin Campenon Bernard. After weeks of pressure on the organization after the publication of this article, on February 16, 2022, a journalist from the Huffington Post, Christopher Mathias, confirmed that Paul Gancarz no longer works for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project.

Action Items

[Editor’s Note: Paul Gancarz no longer works for the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion Project and was also dropped by his gyms. There are no pressing action items at this time, although that can always change as we find out more information!]

 

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Kieran P. Morris

Meet Kieran Morris, Patriot Front Network Director for New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He likes to wear a certain hat, sunglasses, and Claddagh ring on his right ring finger, in addition to a Celtic Cross “white power” face mask.

UPDATE (2021.2.11): Kieran Morris is reported by Texas Antifa to be living at the Patriot Front “headquarters” in Grapevine, Texas. From the report: “Since moving to Texas, Morris has updated his vehicle plates to NNR 4884 (Texas) and added a tonneau-type soft bed cover to his dark blue 2007 Toyota Tacoma.” This fascist is not currently living in NY, although he still has family ties upstate.

UPDATE (2022.1.29): Kieran Morris is now confirmed to be living at the new Patriot Front “headquarters” in Haslet, TX. From the new article by Texas Antifa: “Recently, antifascist activists revealed Rousseau’s new address in a live interview with the petite leader. Local activists were able to locate and confirm the residence of Thomas Ryan Rousseau, Graham Jones Whitson, and Kieran Morris in Haslet, Texas. Whitson and Morris’ vehicles were clearly visible in the driveway of the property.”

Kieran Morris is Network Director of the fascist group, Patriot Front for New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. As Network Director, Kieran often travels from his home in Poughkeepsie, NY–where he lives with his family–to areas around the Northeast for fascist activism. He has especially targeted New York City for Patriot Front propaganda campaigns, and is behind the recent spate of Patriot Front banners around the five boroughs (notably in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn this past January). Before Kieran got involved in Patriot Front, he joined the notorious online Nazi forum Iron March and repeatedly messaged Brandon Russell, the founder of the deadly Nazi group, Atomwaffen Division (AWD), about joining a New York-based cell of the Nazi terror organization. AWD members have murdered at least 5 people in the United States and in March 2020, five AWD members were arrested for threatening journalists, the ADL, and people of color. Kieran and Russell were communicating on encrypted messaging services days before Russell was arrested on explosives charges in Florida.  In November 2019, Kieran traveled internationally with other Patriot Front members to network with european Nazi groups officially endorsed by Iron March, like Casa Pound in Italy and the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) in Sweden. NRM is responsible for numerous racist and murderous attacks. Members were found guilty of bombing refugee centers in Gothenburg, Sweden. Kieran and Patriot Front also visited Poland, Germany, and Latvia. At Poland’s notorious Independence Day march, the group was photographed with Falanga, a Polish fascist group which also had a presence on Iron March. Most recently, Kieran was spotted outside of a Trump rally in Wildwood, NJ distributing fascist propaganda and carrying a shield at the Patriot Front march on the US Capitol Grounds in Washington DC.

Meet Kieran Morris, who also really loves his fashy haircut. Note his height, the style of shoes he prefers and how his pants fall. You should also note he wears white laces.

Identification

We were able to identify Kieran Morris from the license plate on his truck which returned his name, date of birth, and his address in Poughkeepsie. As reported by Idavox, the photo was taken by an individual who observed Kieran and several other Patriot Front members dropping a banner in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and followed the group to Kieran’s truck. Several days prior, Patriot Front flyered and stickered the Brooklyn neighborhood with their fascist propaganda. However, residents did not turn a blind eye to fascists attempting to recruit and spread fascism in their neighborhood. The local community immediately responded by calling a rally in solidarity with targeted groups and denouncing fascism and bigotry. The banner drop was Kieran and Patriot Front’s attempt at intimidating local people rallying against the group’s hatred. Instead, Patriot Front’s banner lasted one minute before being cut down and we are now exposing Kieran Morris as Patriot Front’s Network Director in the region.

Photo from Idavox article on Patriot Front members dropping a banner in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Poughkeepsie is a city in Dutchess County, NY, located in the Hudson Valley, and for awhile, we had been on the lookout for a Patriot Front Network Director living in the Hudson Valley thanks to some leaked intel from a disgruntled source no longer with the group. In one screenshot we received, “Patrick NY” used an avatar showing himself wearing a mask with a white power symbol, a distinctive hat, and sunglasses. Kieran wrote that when he was friends with Liam Neeson’s children growing up, he would go over to their house. Neeson lives in Millbrook, NY, a town in Dutchess County not far from Poughkeepsie. After running Kieran’s truck plates, and finding his name and address, we used the Facebook profiles for Kieran’s various relatives to connect him to “Patrick,” the name he uses in Patriot Front chat servers. In another screenshot we received, Kieran was upgraded to Network Director, which was reflected in his display name. The screenshot further corroborates that “Patrick” lives in the Hudson Valley and that he attends regional “Pool Parties” at Sven’s–a reference to co-host Jesse “Sven” Dunstan’s fascist gatherings in Fishkill, NY, also located in the Hudson Valley. Dunstan is the co-host of “The Daily Shoah” on fascist website, The Right Stuff.

Screenshot from Patriot Front’s private RocketChat where Kieran, as “Patrick,” explains that he was friends with Liam Neeson’s children growing up, allowing us to place him in the New York’s Hudson Valley.
Screenshot from Patriot Front’s private RocketChat where Kieran’s handle indicates that he attends “Pool Parties” in Sven’s region. This is a reference to the fascist gathering hosted by Jesse “Sven” Dunstan in Fishkill, NY which is near Poughkeepsie in the Hudson Valley.
Screenshots from Kieran’s father’s Facebook page, discussing Kieran’s landscaping skills and showing him in front of their house in Poughkeepsie, NY. Kieran has been trying to cover his tracks, but he didn’t lock down his family’s social media in time.
Kieran posted this photo as the avatar of his Twitter account, @ForwardPatriots. These masks really do the trick. Nice ring.
Kieran back in 2015 when his Claddagh ring fit on his right index finger. We can also see why he doesn’t often wear hats.

Further searches show that Kieran went to Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappinger’s Falls, NY, which is nearby Poughkeepsie. He also played in the Hudson Valley Rugby group last year. [Editor’s Note 2020.22.3–After reading our article, the Hudson Valley Rugby Club sent us an email stating their anti-oppression policy and asked us to make clear to readers that they do not support or share Kieran’s fascist politics. Here is their policy in full: “The Hudson Valley Rugby Football Club, Inc, 501 (c) 3, is dedicated to growing the sport of rugby in the Hudson Valley. The club works to create opportunities to play, participate in, support, enjoy and learn rugby. We create this access to the sport for everyone and anyone interested in participating. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexuality, politics, gender, fitness, or experience in the sport. We work to create an environment of acceptance, respect, equality, equal-access, equal-rights, and social support. The club has zero-tolerance for discrimination of any type, including any activities of hate, hate-speech, prejudice, bigotry, sexism, racism, gender discrimination, ageism, ableism, classism, misogyny, xenophobia, inequity, intolerance or anti-semitism.”]

Screenshot from Patriot Front’s private RocketChat where Kieran discusses playing rugby for a local team.
Here is a picture of Kieran posing with the local Hudson Valley Rugby team.

As a member of Patriot Front, Kieran maintains the Twitter account @ForwardPatriots. He likes to post and retweet pictures and videos of himself, which is very convenient for research and investigation purposes.

Screenshots from Kieran’s Twitter account @ForwardPatriots, where he retweets “anonymous” photos of himself. He is currently calling his account “Victory or Death.”

We further corroborated that Kieran Morris is a fascist from Poughkeepsie, NY by finding his username, location, and Gmail address in the defunct Nazi web forum, Iron March, which was leaked in its entirety by anonymous antifascists in November 2019. The leaks were turned into a searchable website by Jewish Worker and include IP addresses, usernames, email addresses, locations, posts and direct messages with other users. Kieran listed his ideology on Iron March as “National Socialist” and in one direct message with “Odin” AKA Brandon Russell, the founder of the murderous Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, gave his Wire username as “hvny1488.” This username plainly references Hudson Valley, NY and the Nazi code “1488.” This string of numbers is the combination of the “14 Words,” a saying coined by David Lane, the leader of the ultraviolent, deadly white supremacist group, “The Order,” and “88” or “Heil Hitler” (H is the 8th letter of the alphabet). The avatar of Kieran’s Wire account is a photo of Hitler sieg heiling while giving a speech.

Screenshot of Kieran’s user information on the defunct Nazi website, Iron March. His Gmail address contains his real name and the IP address traces Kieran to Poughkeepsie. The contents of the website were leaked anonymously and made searchable by @JewishWorker.
Screenshot of Kieran’s Wire username which he gave to “Odin” AKA Brandon Russell, the founder of the ultra-violent Nazi group, Atomwaffen Division, in a direct message asking to join the group.

Various searches for Kieran’s Gmail address led to the discovery of his username on Skype, where Atomwaffen and other Nazis hosted group chats, as well as an archived retweet of Kieran’s defunct Twitter account. The hacked database search engine, Dehashed, shows that even when Kieran used his Gmail address on innocuous sites, his Nazism was always present.

Screenshots of applications Kieran used his Gmail address: Skype (top left), Twitter (top right), and MyFitnessPal (bottom). For the latter, Kieran used part of the Iron March slogan as his username.

Radicalization and Atomwaffen Division

Iron March billed itself as a “global fascist fraternity,” and prominently displayed their slogan, “Gas the K*kes, Race War Now, 1488 Boots on the Ground!,” on the website’s homepage. Iron March had an enormous impact on fascists around the world, promoting an ultra-violent accelerationist strain of fascism which lauded figures like Charles Manson, Dylann Roof, and Anders Breivik. Newcomers to the site were given a curriculum of fascist texts to read, a list which included Mein Kampf, the Iron March web zine NOOSE, and SIEGE, the ultra-violent accelerationist Nazi screed by James Mason. SIEGE calls for deadly violence against people and attacks on infrastructure in order to accelerate an inevitable race war, the collapse of society, and fascist totality. Iron March viewed Breivik, Roof, and Manson as heroes and their horrific actions as the ultimate recruitment tools. 

Iron March also was a tool for Nazis to network with each other and the site incubated Nazi groups such as National Action (Great Britain) and Atomwaffen Division (US). The site officially supported other groups like Nordic Resistance Movement (Sweden, Finland, Norway), Casa Pound (Italy), and Golden Dawn (Greece). About 8 months prior to Kieran joining the site, Jo Cox, a British MP, was murdered by a fascist. National Action called the murderer a hero, crowing on Twitter, “Only 649 MPs to go #WhiteJihad” and was soon labeled a terrorist organization by the British government. Around the time Kieran joined Iron March in March 2017, several members of National Action had been arrested for belonging to a terrorist organization, distributing materials of the terrorist organization, and for sending manuals on “white resistance” and “ethnic cleansing operations” to people over Skype.

Kieran wrote only one post in the Iron March forum proper, but in his message he describes the trajectory of how he ended up there. After struggling with substance abuse, he got clean and was radicalized during the 2016 election cycle, which evidently led him “down the rabbit hole” to violent accelerationist Nazi politics. Kieran wrote that articles on NOOSE, which feature articles such as “There Are No ‘Good Jews’” and rhetoric such as “fuck with us, you die,” and the accelerationist Nazi bible, SIEGE, had “all been of immense value in informing and refining [his] worldview.” Kieran says he joined Iron March “to network with like minded young men and to further educate [him]self in the fascist worldview” but that he was mostly interested in “find[ing] others in my region to unite and take action.”

Screenshot of Kieran’s post on the defunct Nazi forum, Iron March. The contents of the website were leaked anonymously and made searchable by @JewishWorker.

And Kieran definitely tried to find other Nazis in his area to unite and take action with. The day after his Iron March post, he sent a direct message to “Odin,” AKA Brandon Russell, the founder of Atomwaffen Division, about finding AWD members in New York because he was “impressed” with the group. Somewhat amusingly, Kieran disparages American Vanguard, a fascist group which also got its start on Iron March, as only interested in “shitposting” and browsing the notorious /pol/ (or “politically incorrect”) message boards on (probably) 4chan. American Vanguard was heavily involved in the Alt-Right and was connected to the fascist website The Right Stuff, through their Deputy Director, “Ghoul” AKA Cooper Ward. Iron March as a whole and the groups it supported, such as Atomwaffen, were opposed to the bait-and-switch “respectability fascism” that groups like American Vanguard promoted in their appeals to Trump supporters. After a convoluted history of infighting, name changes, and allegations of Ghoul grooming underage members, American Vanguard is now better known as Patriot Front. Kieran is now a Network Director in the Patriot Front organization.

Screenshot of Kieran’s direct messages with “Odin” AKA Brandon Russell, the founder of the ultra-violent Nazi group, Atomwaffen Division, on the defunct Nazi forum, Iron March. The contents of the website were leaked anonymously and made searchable by @JewishWorker.

However, in 2017, Kieran was interested in joining Atomwaffen and repeatedly messaged Brandon Russell about becoming a member. After his first couple of direct messages to Russell didn’t go anywhere, Kieran tried again several months later in May. The two Nazis exchanged Wire handles on May 16, 2017 and their conversation about Kieran joining Atomwaffen went offsite. Three days after exchanging Wire handles with Kieran, Brandon Russell was taken in for questioning after his roommate and fellow Atomwaffen member, Devon Arthurs, killed two other roommates/Atomwaffen members in their shared Tampa, Florida house. The house was filled Nazi memoribilia, books like Mein Kampf, The Turner Diaries, and a garage full of explosives. Russell was let go after convincing authorities the explosives were only used for his “model rockets,” but arrested several days later with yet another Atomwaffen member in a car filled with over 1000 rounds of ammunition, an assault rifle, and a bolt-action hunting rifle. 

Screenshot of Kieran’s direct messages with “Odin” AKA Brandon Russell, the founder of the ultra-violent Nazi group, Atomwaffen Division, on the defunct Nazi forum, Iron March. The contents of the website were leaked anonymously and made searchable by @JewishWorker.

Patriot Front

After American Vanguard, the group that became Patriot Front was known as Vanguard America (VA), one of the main organizers of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 and defendant in the lawsuit, Sines v. Kessler, brought by survivors of the violence perpetrated by Vanguard America and others at “Unite the Right.” Thomas Rousseau assumed control of a faction of Vanguard America after the deadly rally and subsequently renamed the group to “Patriot Front.” James Fields, the fascist who murdered Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others by driving his car into a crowd of antifascist protesters, marched with Vanguard America during “Unite the Right ” and is seen near Rousseau in pictures from that day. Patriot Front is affiliated with several other fascist groups and individuals who are also co-defendants in the Sines v. Kessler lawsuit. One month after “Unite the Right,” Patriot Front and the Nazi group Daily Stormer Book Club jointly attacked the Houston Anarchist Bookfair. Patriot Front members have also acted as armed security for Richard Spencer and have continued ties to The Right Stuff, the fascist podcast and forum. The social media for Joffre Cross, a Patriot Front member arrested on gun charges in Houston in February 2019, showed numerous connections to “affiliates” of The Right Stuff. Patriot Front focuses heavily on recruitment through propaganda campaigns in states with membership. They also aggressively target college campuses with flyers and stickers and distribute propaganda at other events, such as anti-war protests. Patriot Front also utilizes flash-mob-style photo ops and spectacular events, such as their recent “march on the US Capitol” to recruit and spread their fascist message. However, they also attempt attacks and disruptions of leftist events and protests. In 2018, Patriot Front attacked an OccupyICE encampment in San Antonio and attempted to disrupt the Boston Anarchist Bookfair. In 2019, they showed up to the “March against Cages” in Boston. Patriot Front members routinely release videos of themselves doing martial arts training and also carry weapons. A knife and brass knuckles were found on Boston Patriot Front members after a confrontation with a police officer who caught them putting up fascist propaganda.

From our research, we have found that Kieran is a very active member of Patriot Front, and as a Network Director, is heavily involved in organizing the group’s fascist activity in the region. Living in the Hudson Valley, he is most likely responsible for the spread of Patriot Front flyers and stickers in upstate New York. He has also especially targeted New York City, driving hours to drop banners and wheatpaste fascist garbage around the five boroughs. After identifying Kieran, we identified him as the fascist passing out propaganda at Trump’s rally in Wildwood, NJ and were able to find him at numerous Patriot Front events, including marching with a shield and special mask next to Patriot Front leader, Thomas Rousseau, at the “March on the US Capitol” this past February.

Two out of many examples of Kieran’s work in the Hudson Valley, NY, where both Poughkeespie and Fishkill are located. There are a lot more, even if PF reuses pictures of old stickers to look more prolific than they are.
Screenshot of Kieran flyering in New York taken from a corny Patriot Front propaganda video.
Kieran in Washington DC trying to take away a woman’s right to choose in January 2020.
Kieran play fighting with another Patriot Front member in New York. Screenshot taken from a corny Patriot Front propaganda video.
Patriot Front have dropped many banners in New York City in the past six months. Kieran really enjoys being front and center during the “anonymous” pictures taken for propaganda purposes.
Kieran shouting fascism at a Patriot Front spectacle in front of the Virginia Israeli Advisory Board.
Kieran handing out fascist propaganda at the Trump Rally in Wildwood, NJ. Image on the left was captured by a journalist covering the rally.
Screenshots from Patriot Front’s “March on the US Capitol” show Kieran wearing a unique mask, holding a shield, and glued to Patriot Front leader, Thomas Rousseau’s side. The lede photo on the UK Independent’s coverage of the march is of Kieran and Thomas waiting for police to escort them to their vehicle after their fascist march concluded.

Other Connections

The Right Stuff and the Stormer Book Clubs

Patriot Front has always had connection to The Right Stuff, a fascist website run by Mike “Enoch” Peinovich, who was a scheduled speaker and attendee of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Cooper “Ghoul” Ward, the Deputy Director of American Vanguard, the first iteration of Patriot Front, was once a co-host of “The Daily Shoah” podcast, along with Mike Peinovich. Vanguard America, the second iteration of Patriot Front, and Mike Peinovich both attended “Unite the Right” and both were named as defendants in Sines v. Kessler, the lawsuit brought by victims of the deadly rally. We think it is noteworthy that in one of the leaked screenshots, Kieran mentions that Patriot Front has “a lot of members in PPs” a reference to The Right Stuff-hosted gatherings called “Pool Parties.” As noted earlier, Kieran attended Pool Parties hosted by Jesse Dunstan who goes by “Seventh Son” or “Sven” in Fishkill, near Poughkeepsie. Sven is also a regular of The Right Stuff. Interestingly, Kieran mentions Jesse getting nervous that the police were investigating Patriot Front members in his area. This is most likely a reference to the police investigating antisemitic posters that were put up throughout the Hudson Valley at First Presbyterian Church in Beacon; and Vassar, Dutchess Community College and Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Although the posters were “from your local Stormer book club” there is also cross-over between Patriot Front and the Stormer Book Clubs in particular and cross-over generally among many Alt-Right groups in New York. At Marist College, the culprit was found, but not named. On March 6th, the Patriot Front Twitter account posted that the college had been hit again.

Screenshot from Patriot Front’s private RocketChat where Kieran’s handle indicates that he attends “Pool Parties” in Sven’s region. This is a reference to the fascist gathering hosted by Jesse “Sven” Dunstan in Fishkill, NY which is near Poughkeepsie in the Hudson Valley.
Screenshot of Patriot Front implicating one of its members in continued harassment of Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

Nordic Resistance Movement

Nordic Resistance Movement is a group that some House democrats are trying to ban on the basis that they are “a foreign terrorist organization.” Although NRM got its start in 2016 with members in Sweden, Finland, and Norway, its roots are with Swedish Nazi groups like White Aryan Resistance (related to the US group) and the Swedish Resistance Movement. NRM members have planned to kill journalists, have actually bombed refugee centers, vandalized Jewish cemetaries, and committed many other bigoted attacks. NRM was a supported group on Iron March, and had many Iron March members in their membership. Patriot Front’s first iteration was as a group called American Vanguard, which got its start on Iron March. There are still deep connections, as Patriot Front visited NRM in Sweden, and the two groups practiced martial arts and passed out fascist propaganda in public together. Thomas Rousseau, the Patriot Front leader, also appeared on an NRM English language podcast.

Kieran and other Patriot Front members passing out fascist propaganda with the Nazis of Nordic Resistance Movement on the streets of Gothenberg, Sweden.
More pictures of Kieran’s fashy haircut and his tweet about Patriot Front’s leader going on a podcast hosted by a Nazi group responsible for bombing refugee centers.

Casa Pound

Although Kieran played coy on his own social media account, referring to Casa Pound as a “veteran activist organization and party,” the Nordic Resistance Movement had no problems saying exactly who Patriot Front was meeting with when the group traveled to Italy. NRM and Casa Pound were both “supported groups” on Iron March. Casa Pound members have been linked to gang rape, attacks on left-wing politicians, the murder of migrants, and other vicious attacks on migrants and Romani. Patriot Front also got its start on Iron March, and clearly maintains connections to groups from that time.

Kieran in Italy doing fascism.
Screenshot of the Nordic Resistance Movement blog post helpfully explaining who Patriot Front was meeting with in Italy. It was Casa Pound.

Falanga/ONR

Falanga is the colloquial name of a fascist group called “Obóz Narodowo-Radykalny” (ONR) in Polish. The Falanga is ONR’s symbol, which you can see in the last photo below on a banner. Falanga is most known for co-sponsoring the notorious Independence Day march in Warsaw on November 11, which attracts thousands of ultra-nationalists and fascists from around Europe (and the United States). Falanga members are known to shout slogans like “Death to the Enemies of the Fatherland!,” hold banners saying “White Europe,” and fly a lot of Celtic Cross flags (a Nazi “white power” symbol). They are also involved in things like the 2018 arson of a Hungarian Community Center near Kiev. While not an officially supported group on Iron March, there were Falanga members on the forum and Kieran and Patriot Front were motivated to attend the march with the explicitly fascist bloc.

Kieran and other Patriot Front members with Nazis and Polish fascists at the November 2019 Independence Day march in Warsaw.
Kieran and Patriot Front with members of Falanga.
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The 4th Annual July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners Is Almost Here!

International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners

International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners #J25Antifa

You might be wondering what you can do to help support antifa comrades in prison this July 25th—the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners. Well, here is a handy list of different things you can do!

  1. Do a banner hang. See photos from past years for inspiration! [1, 2, 3]
  2. Put up posters around your neighborhood or school! Go here and here for pdfs of this year’s posters (in pink and grey), and feel free to use last year’s!
  3. Donate money to the International Antifascist Defense Fund outright, or buy an awesome t-shirt to show your solidarity (Only a few more days left to purchase)!
  4. Take a solidarity photo! See below for some awesome examples!
  5. Send letters or postcards to the antifascist prisoners on our list and participate in Rose City Antifa’s Postcards to Prisoners campaign!
  6. Dedicate an action to these comrades!

Remember that together, we can create a flow of solidarity that strengthens our ties to one another and creates a culture of resistance that can withstand the inevitable tides of repression. These comrades are in there for us, so we are out here for them!

¡No Pasarán!

Until all are free!

Use the hashtag #J25antifa

Varis antifascist network distributed literature at the Puntala punk festival in Finland.

Antifascists in front of the Battle of Cable street mural in London.

North London Antifa: so fresh and so clean.

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July 25, 2018 – Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners

  

Since the last July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, the worldwide struggle against the nightmare of fascism and the far-right has grown and intensified. The news bulletins steadily report the racist and bigoted attacks, the harassment of journalists, the demonization of refugees and migrants, and the increasing presence and violence of organized fascist and far-right groups. While the bigoted, nationalist imagination reproduces itself on a global scale, it also attempts to turn us all into prisoners of the border.

Originating in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman—an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans—the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners aims to break down the borders and build an international response against fascism. By having an event, raising money, or dedicating an action to these comrades, we can simultaneously strengthen our local movements by ensuring that those who have acted to protect our communities against the fascist threat are never forgotten, as well as create the links of a powerful international solidarity which can transcend both the prison and the border wall.

This July 25th, we call on antifascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners—the comrades who have been behind bars for many years, the friends who have just begun their sentences, the mates still awaiting trial—because they are in there for us, and so we must be out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

USE THE HASHTAG: #J25antifa

««««««Global List of Antifascist Prisoners»»»»»»

Below is a list of global antifascist prisoners who are currently imprisoned. Hundreds more have been arrested but have not been convicted; we encourage local groups to support the antifascists of their choosing who are in legal trouble. If you are not donating to a specific person, a good option is to support the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund.

Please contact us: if you know an antifa prisoner who is missing form the list (include their details, and what languages they can read); if you can help translate the call; or if you are planning an event that, so that we can help publicize it: nycantifa@riseup.net.

EUROPE

Belarus
Roman Bogdan

Roman Bogdan was arrested on April 15, 2015, as part of the long-going state repression of anti-fascists in Brest, stemming from a fight between anti-fascists and fascists on May 8, 2013. In October, Roman was sentenced to 8 years in a penal colony and must pay 3500 Euro in damages. On December 15, 2015 a regional appellate court commuted his sentence by 2 years.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:
Roman Bogdan
ul. Pervaya Zavodskaya, 8,
IK-17, otryad 12
213010 Shklov
Mogilevskaya obl.
BELARUS

http://abc-belarus.org/?p=6153&lang=en

Vadim Boyko

Vadim Boyko was arrested on March 22, 2016, on suspicion of participating in a fight that took place on June 29, 2014 between anti-fascist supporters of FC Partyzan and right-wing soccer hooligans from FC Torpedo. The arrests in 2014 were not followed up until 2016, when a special political department decided to start the case with a series of police raids on the antifascists who were alleged to have been involved. On March 10, 2017 Vadim Boyko was sentenced to 4 years of jail, and was re-arrested in July for transfer to a penal colony.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:Address:
Boyko Vadim Sergeyevich
IK-17
ul. Pervaya Zavodskaya, 8
213004, Shklov, Mogilevskaya obl.
BELARUS

https://abc-belarus.org/?p=6874&lang=en

Tomas Kovinkski

Tomas Kovinski is an antifascist from Minsk who was detained on September 27, 2016 after a fight with a right-wing football hooligan. On January 25, 2017 was convicted of malicious hooliganism and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.

We just learned that Tomas has had his sentence transferred to house arrest! No letters are needed at this time.

https://abc-belarus.org/?p=8745&lang=en

Vlad Lenko

Vlad LenkoVlad Lenko is an antifascist from Ivatsevichi (Brest region). He was arrested on December 27, 2014, and accused of taking part in a fight against local neo-Nazis earlier in December. Vlad was charged with group hooliganism and aggravated bodily harm, and in September 2015 was sentenced to 6 years in a penal colony.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

 

Address:
Lenko Vlad Igorevich
211300 Vitebskaya obl.
Vitebskiy rajon, Vitba, IK-3
BELARUS

http://abc-belarus.org/?p=6240&lang=en

Bulgaria
Jock Palfreeman

Jock PalfreemanJock Palfreeman is an Australian anti-fascist political prisoner serving a twenty-year prison sentence in Bulgaria for the rather mysterious death of a neo-Nazi football hooligan who was part of a group attacking two Romani men in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2007. Jock came to the aid of the Romani, and quickly found himself the focus of the attack. Bulgarian authorities did everything they could to ensure that Jock did not receive a fair trial, and after his sentencing have refused–in contravention of their own treaties–to transfer him to Australia to serve the rest of his time closer to his family. Jock wants donations for him sent to the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association, which he is part of.

He can read English and Bulgarian.

Address:
Jock Palfreeman
Kazichene Prison
Kazichene 1532
Region Pancherevo
Sofia, BULGARIA

http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/jock.html

Poland
Patryk Cichoń

Patryk is a Polish antifascist recently deported from the UK to Poland to serve a 3-year sentence handed down to him 13 years ago. He was charged with allegedly beating up and robbing a few local fascists. Patryk is only allowed 2 visits per month and one 5-minute telephone conversation a week, and really enjoys receiving letters. There is no limit to the number of letters he can receive.

He can read Polish and English.

Address:
Patryk Cichoń
“Syn Józefa”
Zaklad Karny
Chmielow 662
Chmielow 39-442
Poland

https://www.brightonabc.org.uk/prisoners.html

Russia
Aleksandr Kolchenko

Aleksandr KolchenkoAleksandr  Kolchenko was arrested in Crimea on May 17, 2014, along with several others, and accused by Russian authorities of participation in a “terrorist group” which planned explosions near the Eternal Fire memorial and the Lenin monument in Simferopol, as well as having sabotaged railway tracks and electricity lines. Aleksandr was also alleged to have carried out two arson attacks in April: against the headquarters of the Russian Unity-Party, and the Russian Community of Crimea. He was transferred to Moscow and kept in draconian conditions. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Russian authorities claimed that Aleksandr was a member of Right Sektor, a Ukrainian ultra-right nationalist organization, but he has no connection to the group—a fact confirmed by relatives and friends. Moreover, Aleksandr is an antifascist and anarchist who consistently opposed nationalistic movements in Crimea and faced constant fascist attacks for his activism. For example, after a film screening about murdered anti-fascist journalist Anastasiya Baburova, he was attacked by thirty Nazis with knives.

Address:
Kolchenko Aleksandru Aleksandrovichu, 1989
456612
Chelyabinskaya obl, Kopeisk,
ul.Kemerovskaya, 20,
IK-6, otryad 4
RUSSIA

Please note: Moscow ABC advises that letters in English are seldom accepted in Russian prisons, so please write only in Russian (try using a translation program), or just send photos and postcards.

http://avtonom.org/en/news/repressions-against-crimean-activists-political-context
http://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Aleksandr_Kolchenko

Russian Torture Cases
There has been heavy repression of anarchists and antifascists by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). In October 2017, FSB officers arrested six antifascists who played airsoft in the woods. The FSB planted weapons and explosives in some of their vehicles, and tortured them in pre-trial detention–beating them, hanging them upside down, electrocuting them, and threatening them with even worse. This torture was used to force the arrestees to validate forged testimony professing that they are part of an alleged terrorist “network.” At the end of January 2018, two more antifascists were arrested in St. Petersburg. They were also beaten, tortured by means of electrical shock, and forced to agree that they too were members of this invented “network.”

As of now, seven anti-fascists are behind bars and another is under house arrest. All are facing up to a decade in prison. We encourage you to read more about the case in the links below. We have included addresses for those who have them listed.

Yuliy Boyarshinov

yuliy.boyarshinov

Boyarshinov Yuliy Nikolayevich , 1991
SIZO-6 Gorelovo
188508 Russia
Leningradskaya obl.
Lomonosovskiy rayon
MO Villozskoe selskoe poselenie
ulitsa Zarechnaya tupik 22
RUSSIA

Andrey Chernov

andrey_chernov

Victor Filinkov

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Filinkov Victor Sergeevich, 1994
SIZO-6 Gorelovo
188508 Russia
Leningradskaya obl.
Lomonosovskiy rayon
MO Villozskoe selskoe poselenie
ulitsa Zarechnaya tupik 22
RUSSIA

Vasiliy Kuksov

Vasily Kuksov

Kuksov Vasiliy Alekseevich, 1988
SIZO-1
440039 Russia
Penzenskaya obl.
Penza, ulitsa Karakozova 30
RUSSIA

Dmitriy Pchelintsev

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Arman Sagynbaev

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Sagynbaev Arman Dauletovich 1992
SIZO-1
440039 Russia
Penzenskaya obl.
Penza
ulitsa Karakozova 30
RUSSIA

Ilya Shakurskiy

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Igor Shishkin

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Shishkin Igor Dmitrievich, 1991
SIZO-3 FSIN
191123 Russia
Saint-Petersburg
Shpalernaya str. h.25
RUSSIA

Please note: Moscow ABC advises that letters in English are seldom accepted in Russian prisons, so please write only in Russian (try using a translation program), or just send photos and postcards.

https://itsgoingdown.org/why-the-torture-cases-of-anarchists-in-russia-matters/
https://rupression.com/en/person/

Spain
Rodrigo Lanza

Rodrigo Lanza is an antifascist from Chile who is living in Zaragoza, Spain. In December of 2017, Rodrigo was out with friends at a bar when they were approached by a man who began insulting Rodrigo, calling him “sudaka” (a derogatory term for Latin Americans) and telling him to go back to his country. As Rodrigo attempted to leave the bar, Victor Lainez, a member of the fascist Falange group with many friends in the local fascist scene, pulled a knife. Rodrigo defended himself and in the ensuing fight, Lainez was killed.

Occurring during the movement for Catalan independence and the accompanying resurgence of hardcore Spanish nationalism, the press worked overtime to vilify Rodrigo as a ‘foreigner,’ squatter, and former political prisoner. They claimed that Lainez was attacked at random for wearing Spanish flag suspenders, and built a bogus narrative of an innocent Spanish citizen murdered simply for showing support for his country.

Rodrigo is currently in prison awaiting trial and faces a lengthy prison sentence as well as expulsion from Spain.

We are currently trying to determine if Rodrigo would like to receive letters.

https://itsgoingdown.org/spanish-media-side-fascist-former-political-prisoner-arrested-hate-crime/

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New posters for July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners

A comrade made some new posters for the July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners. Spread the word and support our comrades!

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Get ready! The 3rd Annual July 25th International Day of Solidarity With Antifascist Prisoners Is Upon Us!

Tuesday, July 25th, marks the 3rd Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners. In the aftermath of the fiery protests against the G20—and the arrests of hundreds of comrades—we are again reminded that the embers of direct action need long-term prisoner support in order to keep the flame of resistance strong. Some forty G20 protesters remain in prison in Hamburg and need our solidarity.

Since the beginning of 2017, scores of antifascists and other revolutionaries have been arrested, and the numbers keep growing. In the Belarus and the United States alone, several hundred antifascists and anarchists have been arrested for taking part in anti-government and antifascist demonstrations. Just this month, in Belarus, Vadim Boyko, was arrested and transferred to a penal colony for a 2014 fight against right-wing hooligans, while in the US, over twenty people were arrested in Charlottesville, Virginia for defending the city against the KKK, and three people were arrested for participating in the violent demonstrations against fascists in Sacramento last year. One person, Mike Williams, a Native American organizer with the Brown Berets, is currently being held in jail on $500,000 bail.

There is something powerful in a worldwide day of solidarity, and there is still time to do something for July 25th to show support for comrades who are behind prison walls, as well as those tangled in a legal process which seeks to separate them from us in the same way. Any action—no matter how small—such as a solidarity photo, or a letter, is meaningful and appreciated. We have heard from many antifa prisoners that the letters and postcards they have received from around the world has made them feel less alone and helped them through the darkness of prison. Please see the Global Antifa Prisoner List for a list of names and current addresses.

Another way to show solidarity is to donate money. A group we recommend is the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, started by antifascist prisoner Jock Palfreeman, an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans. Jock has specifically asked supporters to donate to the association—which helps Bulgarian prisoners fight against the corrupt Bulgarian prison system and the violations and abuses they endure—for July 25th. Another good place to donate is Antifa International’s International Anti-Fascist Defense Fund, which raises funds for prisoners, as well as money for legal defense, medical costs, and family expenses for antifascists. However, there are many prisoners and defendants—local and international—who need support, and we encourage you to donate to those of your choosing.

We also encourage solidarity actions. You can show support through banner drops, literature distribution on the streets, statements of solidarity, benefit concerts, letter-writings, solidarity photos, and other more creative ways! There is also currently a week of solidarity with the hundreds of antifascist protesters arrested during anti-Trump protests at the US presidential inauguration on January 20th—who are each facing 75+ years in prison—and we encourage people to get involved.

Tweet your solidarity with the #J25antifa hashtag and remember:
Until all are free!
NO PASARAN!

Free Roman Bogdan! Free Vlad Lenko! Free Vadim Boyko! Free Dzmitry Stsyashenka! Free Jock Palfreeman! Free Aleksandr Kolchenko! Free Joel Almgren! Free Mike Williams! Drop the charges!

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Antifa Journalist Gets Death Threats After Exposing Far Right Media at Hamburg G20 Protest

America is not sending its best people to Germany. A number of Far Right pseudo-journalists attempted to attend the G20 counter-protests in Hamburg, but were exposed by antifa journalist Soeren Kohlhuber. These were Lauren Southern (Canada), Luke Rudkowski and Tim Pool (U.S.), and Max Bachmann (Germany). They were later confronted by activists who were displeased by their presence. Kohlhuber received a slew of death threats in return. He’s in Hamburg right now covering the “Welcome to Hell” demonstrations, but he made time to do a short interview with NYC Antifa.

In Hamburg, Left to Right: Luke Rudkowsky, Lauren Southern, Max Bachmann, Tim Pool (Photo: Sören Kohlhuber)

The Far Right “journalists” were:

Lauren Southern, an Alt Right media figure who is working with European white nationalist Identitarian groups to block refugee boats. She had the chutzpah to wear a “Identity Europa” shirt to the demonstrations, which were so intense that the crowds overwhelmed 15,000 police.

Luke Rudkowski runs the 9/11 Truth “We Are Change” group. He frequently promotes militia leaders and antisemites like his hero David Icke. He even blamed the Denver Anarchist Black Cross for the 2012 Aurora, Colorado theater mass shooting.

Rudkowski and Southern both came to the June 10 counter-protest against the Islamophobic rally at Foley Square in downtown New York. Together, they attempted to come into the counter-protest and videotape people, but were quickly pushed out. Southern claimed she had fox urine thrown on her, and Rudkowski immediately went to the police to try and get people arrested.

Rudkowski claimed he was there as a “neutral” party but it is clear he is acting to facilitate the views of Far Right activists who are less cagey about their real views, like Southern.

Tim Pool, like Rudkowski, made his reputation as a livestreamer at Occupy Wall Street’s Zucotti Square. There the snitch attempted to livestream activists engaged what could be perceived as illegal actions. More recently he has drank the Alt Right kool-aid, too, and is now promoting their movement while also pretending to be “neutral.”

The three were also joined by a German man, Max Bachmann, who runs in right-wing conspiracy theory circles.

1) How did you find out that Lauren Southern, Tim Pool, and Luke Rudkowski were coming to the G20 protests in Hamburg? Did you see them there first, or did you have advance notice?

I walked to the rally and saw a girl with a shirt of the Far Right group “Identity Europa.” I didn’t know who she was.

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Lauren Southern sporting a “Identity Europa” t-shirt at the G20 demo. (Photo: Sören Kohlhuber)

2) After you saw this, how did you publicize it?

I warned people on Twitter, because in Germany “Identitäre” [Identitarians] and other Far Right groups take photos from antifascists and journalists for their files.

3) What happened to the them?

I heard that people attacked them—but I only heard this from Luke Rudkowski’s Youtube channel.

4) What happened to you afterward?

Luke made a Youtube video with my Twitter account and photo. After this I got a shitstorm from the Far Right, Reuters, and others. Now they are harassing me on different kinds of platforms.

For more, see Soeren Kohlhuber’s longer article on what happened (in German): “Rechte Medienaktivisten bei G20 – anschließende Kampagne gegen mich,” https://soerenkohlhuber.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/rechte-medienaktivisten-bei-g20-anschliessende-kampagne-gegen-mich.

Kohlhuber’s social media and webpage:
www.twitter.com/SoerenKohlhuber
www.facebook.com/soeren.kohlhuber
https://soerenkohlhuber.wordpress.com

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July 25, 2017 – Third Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners

New York City anti-fascists represent for J25!

As the third annual July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners approaches, we find ourselves fighting the hydra of fascism and far-right ideology. While its many heads have distinct looks in different parts of the world, this beast spews the same venomous poison of nationalism and bigotry everywhere. It demonizes refugees and immigrants, stokes hatred for Muslims, and attacks LGBTQ and other oppressed groups who are fighting for liberation and their very lives.

The July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners originated in 2014 as the Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men being attacked by fascist football hooligans. Whether acting as individuals or as part of larger organized demonstrations, this is the kind of bravery and solidarity which defines antifascist actions against the forces of hate. Since the day of solidarity last year, we have seen this spirit all over the world—in Indonesia, Czech Republic, Brazil, Poland, England, Greece, the United States, France, Syria, Australia, Japan and all points in between.

While antifascism is global, unfortunately so is state repression. In the U.S., hundreds of antifa have been arrested resisting both the Trump regime as well as Far Right street forces. In Belarus, the state continues to harshly repress the antifascist resistance. While many of these comrades are awaiting sentences, there are still many who languish in prison. We will not forget these comrades behind the prison walls!

We call on anti-fascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners. Consider having an event or dedicating an action to them. They are in there for us, and we are out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

USE THE HASHTAG: #J25antifa

The call is now available in German, Greek, French,
Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, and Finnish.

Contact us if you can translate it into another language!

 

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Below is a list of global antifascist prisoners who have been sentenced. Hundreds more have been arrested but have not been convicted; we encourage local groups to support the antifascists of their choosing who are in legal trouble. If you are not donating to a specific person, a good option is to support the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund.

Please contact us: if you know an antifa prisoner who is missing form the list (include their details, and what languages they can read); if you can help translate the call; or if you are planning an event that, so that we can help publicize it: nycantifa@riseup.net.

EUROPE

Belarus
Roman Bogdan

Roman Bogdan was arrested on April 15, 2015, as part of the long-going state repression of anti-fascists in Brest, stemming from a fight between anti-fascists and fascists on May 8, 2013. In October, Roman was sentenced to 8 years in a penal colony and must pay 3500 Euro in damages. On December 15, 2015 a regional appellate court commuted his sentence by 2 years.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:

213010 Shklov
p. Molodezhnyj, IK-17, otryad 12
Mogilevskaya obl.
Belarus

http://abc-belarus.org/?p=6153&lang=en

Vlad Lenko

Vlad Lenko is an antifascist from Ivatsevichi (Brest region). He was arrested on December 27, 2014, and accused of taking part in a fight against local neo-Nazis earlier in December. Vlad was charged with group hooliganism and aggravated bodily harm, and in September 2015 was sentenced to 6 years in a penal colony.

Supporters are trying to raise money to appeal the verdict, which they hope will reduce his sentence by half. They also need to collect 1000 Euro to pay damages ordered by the court.

Fundraising WebMoney:
$ Z418615316084
€ E146518161935

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:
Lenko Vlad Igorevich
211300 Vitebskaya obl.
Vitebskiy rajon, Vitba, IK-3
BELARUS

http://abc-belarus.org/?p=6240&lang=en

Maxim Yahnieshka

Maxim Yahnieshka was arrested after a fight on April 1st, 2015, where he was hospitalized in a fight with right-wing hooligans. Cops were called by hospital staff, and Maxim refused to name his attackers to police. After obtaining surveillance camera footage, the police identified the right-wing hooligans and had them accuse Maxim of prior conflicts. On September 7, 2016 he was sentenced to 3 years of custodial restraint for malicious bodily harm, theft of a hat, property destruction, and threatening to kill right-wing hooligans. Appeals to a higher court in November left his sentence unchanged, and on December 12, 2016 he was transferred to an open-type penitentiary institution.

ABC Belarus encourages supporters to help Maxim’s family cover the costs associated with his imprisonment. The “open-type” penitentiary institution requires Maxim to pay for food and other services out of his own pocket. His costs are primarily shouldered by his parents, who are themselves in a terrible financial situation.

If you feel like supporting Maxim, please send money through ABC Belarus:
– PayPal belarus_abc@riseup.net
– Bitcoin 1CcxWEswKjXZgXQCds5KcHfemzrAASVbuv
– bank account
Account Holder: VpKK e.V.
IBAN: DE 4085 0205 0000 0361 5700
BIC: BFSWDE33DRE
Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
Note: Donation ABC-B
Please make the Note as stated above!

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:
Maxim Yahnieshka
IUOT No. 7
225140, Pruzhanski r-n, d. Kuplino
BELARUS

https://abc-belarus.org/?p=7161&lang=en#more-716

Bulgaria
Jock Palfreeman

Jock Palfreeman is an Australian anti-fascist political prisoner serving a twenty-year prison sentence in Bulgaria for the rather mysterious death of a neo-Nazi football hooligan who was part of a group attacking two Romani men in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2007. Jock came to the aid of the Romani, and quickly found himself the focus of the attack. Bulgarian authorities did everything they could to ensure that Jock did not receive a fair trial, and after his sentencing have refused–in contravention of their own treaties–to transfer him to Australia to serve the rest of his time closer to his family.

Jock recently wrote that, “Although I do not want people to forget that I continue to stay incarcerated for defending a Roma man being brutally beaten by 15 neo-nazis, this July 25th 2017 I request that as many people as possible can organize solidarity funds for our prisoners’ union here, the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association (BPRA).” He also asks that people write  to government officials and request that they meet with BPRA representatives.

He can read English and Bulgarian.

Address:
Jock Palfreeman
Sofia Central Prison
21 General Stoletov Boulevard
Sofia 1309, BULGARIA

http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/jock.html

Russia
Aleksandr Kolchenko

Aleksandr  Kolchenko was arrested in Crimea on May 17, 2014, along with several others, and accused by Russian authorities of participation in a “terrorist group” which planned explosions near the Eternal Fire memorial and the Lenin monument in Simferopol, as well as having sabotaged railway tracks and electricity lines. Aleksandr is also alleged to have carried out two arson attacks in April: against the headquarters of the Russian Unity-Party, and the Russian Community of Crimea. He was transferred to Moscow and is being kept in draconian conditions. His lawyers are under a gag order, and have been refused elementary rights to defend him. He faces fifteen-to-twenty years in a labor camp.

Russian authorities claim that Aleksandr is a member of Right Sektor, a Ukrainian ultra-right nationalist organization, but he has no connection to the group—a fact confirmed by relatives and friends. Moreover, Aleksandr is an antifascist and anarchist who consistently opposed nationalistic movements in Crimea and faced constant fascist attacks for his activism. For example, after a film screening about murdered anti-fascist journalist Anastasiya Baburova, he was attacked by thirty Nazis with knives.

Since this case is highly political, Aleksandr’s legal costs are high, around 850 euro per month. The investigation has created a heavy financial strain on local ABC groups, and there is a call for financial support and information distribution. You can make donations via PayPal to abc-msk@riseup.net or using a bank account (write to the same e-mail address for details).

Address:
Kolchenko Aleksandru Aleksandrovichu, 1989 g.r.
456612
Chelyabinskaya obl, Kopeisk,
ul.Kemerovskaya, 20,
IK-6, otryad 4
RUSSIA

Please note: Moscow ABC advises that letters in English are seldom accepted in Russian prisons, so please write only in Russian (try using a translation program), or just send photos and postcards.

http://avtonom.org/en/news/repressions-against-crimean-activists-political-context
http://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Aleksandr_Kolchenko

Sweden
Joel Almgren

Joel Almgren was sentenced to five years and six months for defending a local community-organized anti-racist demonstration in Stockholm against a brutal Nazi attack on December 15, 2013. The peaceful protest—against fascist assaults on local anti-racists and the dissemination of Nazi propaganda in area schools—was attacked with knives, sticks, and glass bottles by the most militant Nazi group in Sweden. Anti-fascists at the scene defended the demonstration from the attack and many were injured themselves.

Joel has over 4080 USD in fines, and his supporters are asking for help raising the money.

To donate from a non-swedish bank account:
IBAN: SE0680000832799438650120
Bic: SWEDSESS

He can read Swedish and English.

Address:
Joel Almgren
KVA Tidaholm
Skogsholmvägen
522 85 Tidaholm
SWEDEN

http://www.fanggruppen.com/write-to-prisoners-1/
https://www.facebook.com/freejoel

NORTH AMERICA

United States
Dane Powell

Powell is the first person sentenced of the over 200 people arrested for the January 20, 2017 demonstration against Donald Trump’s inauguration – #DisruptJ20. On July 7th, he was sentenced to 4 months in prison. Dane is a father, veteran, water protector, and active community member.

He can read English.

Address:
Dane Powell, DCDC #358 530
DC Jail
1901 D Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
USA
http://www.dclegalposse.org/support-our-comrade-in-prison/

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A New Year’s Update on Antifascist Prisoners

13669088_1009082462538060_5988014648065168917_n12017 promises to be a busy year for antifascists around the world. We will continue the fight against fascism and the far right, and oppose—in every way possible—their relentless campaigns of bigotry against refugees and immigrants, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ, and people of color. The new year seems like a good time to remind everyone of the many antifascist prisoners around the world, not simply because solidarity is the cornerstone of our various movements, but because it may very well be any one of us behind bars.

Since our last update in July, many more antifascists are in need of solidarity. Maxim Yahnieshka from Belarus was arrested in 2015 after being hospitalized by right-wing hooligans and was recently sentenced to three years in prison. In Sweden, some of the Kungsan 15 have begun serving their sentences, ranging 4-12 months, for an enormous demonstration against a neo-nazi Swedish political party in 2014. Olle Smedberg is one on those who would like to receive letters from the public. We are also overjoyed that two antifascists, Dzmitry Stsyashenka from Belarus, and Michelle Smith from England, were released in November 2016 and could ring in the new year with their friends and family.

Please do not wait for July 25th, the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, to show your solidarity with these new prisoners, or those who have been on the Global Antifa Prisoner List since the beginning. A card or letter is an easy way to support comrades who are separated from us by concrete blocks and steel bars. To show how much your solidarity matters, please see the letter below, sent by antifa prisoner, Alexey Sutuga, after their #J25 event last year. Help us make sure that 2017 really lives up to slogan, “They are in there for us, and we are out here for them!”

NO PASARAN!!
Until all are free!

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During the week of solidarity with international antifa prisoners, NYC ABC sent a card to Alexey Sutuga, a Russian antifascist, who wrote back. The note says: “Hello My Friends, I received your letter of solidarity. Before this, I received another one last fall. I was very glad. I didn’t expect that you would be interested in my fate. Although it really couldn’t be any other way for either of us. We’re all united, and that is one thing we have in common no matter where we live. I don’t know many people from the US. (But a big hello to Freddy from Madball NYC). This is why it’s so good that I have new friends. I’ll be happy to stay in touch. Best of luck with everything. Stay strong, brothers, and take care of yourselves.”

 

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Alt-Right Bonus Dox: New York’s Racist Heathens

ALT-RIGHT SERIES BONUS DOX!
Meet New York’s Racist Heathens

Heathens are modern pagans who worship the ancient Norse gods. There is nothing wrong with this of course—but some take Heathenry in a racialist direction, believing that it is a faith only for whites, and seek to build coalitions with political White Nationalists. Anti-racist Heathen groups like Heathens United, Circle Ansuz, and Patheos have denounced this renegade strain, which centers on Stephen McNallen’s Asatru Folk Assembly. They have railed against multiculturalism, Latino immigration, and non-binary gender identity.

Despite the many heathens that criticize and fight against these fascistic sub-groups, racist heathenry has deep roots in the neo-folk and occult scenes, as well as in National Socialist Black Metal (NSBM), a racist and anti-Semitic form of metal. Unfortunately, a common trend in these scenes is that criticism of fellow musicians, no matter what their political affiliations or beliefs, is considered impolite and akin to censorship. We hope that with the obvious uptick in white nationalist organizing, the taboo on rejecting fascist sympathy will be smashed.

Here are a few examples in the New York area:

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Earlier this year Idavox put out an alert about a Nazi Black Metal show happening at the Diamond Club in Ronkokoma, New York. The show was set up by Wolftyr Productions, a NSBM label run by Paul Guhring (aka Paul Tyrinn aka Bobby Dokken). Guhring is an organizer of Heathen Circle, an “art community dedicated to promoting pan-European heritage among the people of its descent worldwide.” Their main project seems to be putting out a zine that praises fascist philosophers, musicians, and racist gangs like the Wolves of Vinland and Soldiers of Odin.

Wolftyr set up a similar show earlier this year at Lucky 13 Bar in Brooklyn with Witchblood, a band that uses the neo-Nazi “Black Sun” symbol in their album art. Wolftyr’s online store also sells books by fascist philosopher Julius Evola, and the white nationalist publication Tyr.  

Paul also sings for Grafvolluth, a self-described NSBM band. The band features Erik Proft, who is involved with the National Anarchist movement, playing music with  National Anarchist founder Troy Southgate. Proft also performs in BELIEVER/LAW, Kama Rupa, and Blood and Sun (with Nazi cosplayer Luke Tromiczak), and is connected to the neo-Nazi music distro “Vanguard Productions” on Facebook. Most recently, Grafvolluth contributed to a tribute album of Polish Nazi band Graveland and a split with Slavecrushing Tyrant.

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Ticket for a Graveland show in last year in Italy

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Wolftyr and Heathen Circle promote Polish Nazi bands like Graveland

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Paul singing for Grafvolluth, with Erik Proft on guitar

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PA Nazi Metal band Wotenorden, promoted by Wolftyr

Another racist tied to the Heathen scene, Stuart Sudekum—a former editor of the pro-fascist blog Heathen Harvest—is still at it in Bushwick. As NYC Antifa previously reported, Sudekum distributes Michael Moynihan’s Tyr  in New York City, and gives classes on tarot card readings at Bushwick’s Tarot Society. Working with Heathen Harvest, Sudekum promoted numerous fascist projects, and started anti-Semitic threads

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Albo and Stuart Sudekum

in their now deleted politics message board. In one, he says he wishes Brooklyn’s Jews “would all buy a one way ticket to Israel…”

Although Sudekum is less politically open these days, he’s still involved in Third Positionist groupings like Attack the System and the National Anarchists—as well as being tight with Counter- Currents’ James O’Meara, National Anarchist organizer Donald Pomeroy, and Blood and Sun’s Luke Tromiczak.

UPDATE 12/31/2016: Both Bushwick occult spaces that hosted Sudekum have dropped his Tarot Reading classes, stating they don’t support his politics.  

Connecting the threads, thanks to the work of the Twin Cities GDC Luke Tromiczak‘s Blood and Sun recently had his entire midwest tour cancelled. In a Facebook post, Luke claimed that not only is he not a fascist, but has a liberal mindset, and would be sickened to even sit next to a racist. Unfortunately there’s a lot of photos of him doing just that.

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Tromiczak performing at a Death in June concert at Home Sweet Home. For those keeping score, the Black Sun and SS Totenkopf are not “pre-Third Reich religious symbols”

We also found this interview where he promotes neo-Volkisch movements and insults Jewish people. His Black Metal label Antitheist Disseminations was working with Nazi bands and labels as recently as 2013. Many of his fans believed his empty defense, but the venues did not. All three cancelled his performances.

If you have any more information about racist Heathens, NSBM bands, or any other fascists in the New York area please email FascismWatchNYC@gmail.com

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